Davhgbrew (733) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice deep color, the spices were very apparent, tasted a lot of cinnamon among other spices. A little too fruity for my liking, but I guess that’s what you have to expect in a winter brew, but an overall good beer.
budguy2142 (24) - USA - FEB 2, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Somewhat over spiced. Much nicer than last years but still to much cinnamon. Nice beer for the holidays. Just need to force myself to drink the rest now
noer1 (109) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 26, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice deep color, the spices were very apparent, tasted a lot of cinnamon among other spices. A little to fruity flavored for my liking, but an overall good beer.
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice aroma sweet and spicy; Deep clear copper color, Tasty beer, the nutmeg is a nice touch to this winter beer. Palate was average, would have preferred more body. Overall a good beer.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 2, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Better than previous years. Lighter in color (light copper) and body and thankfully not as much cinnamon. Nice nutmeg taste (which I like more than the typically burning cinnamon). Nicely done although hardly a winter warmer. More like a fall chill buster?
ericmoss3799 (73) - Warwick, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 21, 2001
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A great Holiday beer, Gets me in the Christmas spirit with the herbal spices.
Norton (327) - Southside, Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2001
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Has that generic aftertaste that all Harpoon stuff has. Smell is best aspect of this. I find it extremely filling which is a huge turnoff for me. I could care less if I ever have another.
canary dog (622) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - DEC 21, 2001
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is not nearly as well-made as its sister brewery’s Wassail Ale, by Catamount. Aroma is perhaps a little fuller than the Wassail, but that is where the advantages end. This beer seems to have that stale, oxidized hop flavor found in many mediocre microbrews. The finish is somewhat thin, but has a noticeable cinnamony bite.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 20, 2001
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2009 Orangey-amber; Aroma shows orange, cinnamon, heavy nutmeg. Palate is again heavy on the nutmeg, but there is enough malt there to hold it up. Good, full body, spicy finish. Nothing spectacular, but a solid winter seasonal.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 14, 2001
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2007 Bottle: Pours a clear dark orange with a white head, cinnamon and nutmeg in the aroma with some sweet malts, starts and ends lightly sweet with a bready spicy ending, medium bodied with ample carbonation, a pumpkin pie in a bottle. Not a beer to drink all night, but a freshing taste on a cold winter night.